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Food Critics: News, Reviews and Favorite Pasta Joints

Walt Bodine and guests weigh in on the city's best spaghetti, fettuccine, rigatoni, macaroni and and other great foods that one can find in the metro.



Charles Ferruzza

, co-host, The Pitch and Fat City Blog
Chris Becicka, Ingram's Magazine
Gloria Gale, 435 South Magazine
Mary Bloch, Around the Block

Food News:

Food Now
Benefit Gala for Kansas City Center for Urban Agriculture, the Greater Kansas City Food Policy Coalition, and Kansas City Community Gardens.
Saturday, August 28th, begins at 6:30 pm
Historical Stowe Hardware Building
1300 W. 13th ST. KC, MO 64102

Midwest Largest Bartending Competition

Critic Recommendations:

Room 39
10561 Mission Road
Overland Park, KS 66206
Really great.

Gates BBQ
1325 East Emanuel Cleaver Blvd.
Kansas City, MO
great place to take out of towners, "reeks of Kansas City"

Cafe Sebastienne at the Kemper Museum
4420 Warwick
Kansas City, MO

Frida's Contemporary Mexican Cuisine
14861 Metcalf Avenue, Overland Park, KS 66223
very accomodating, great food

Dean and Deluca
4700 W. 119th
Leawood, KS
Hot Sandwich Bar
(hamburgers, reubens, wonderful sweet potato and truffle fries)

Nica's Cafe
14319 Metcalf
Overland Park, KS
(Lion's Gate Marketplace)
"artsy, chef-driven bistro"
not expensive

Carmen's Cafe
11526 Ash St
Leawood, KS 66211
food very garlicky, but wonderful
spiedini, stuffed artichoke

17th and Summit
Kansas City, MO 64108
vegan restaurant
very creative, wonderful food

The Drum Room
1335 Baltimore Avenue
Kansas City, MO
very, very good
new young chef
menu not elaborate, very pretty dining room
service was "out of this world"
great happy hour

Fat Fish Blue
Zona Rosa
7260 NW 87th St
Kansas City, MO 64153
small chain out of Cleveland
deep fried pickles!

RA. Longs
3365 SW Fascination Drive
Lees Summit, MO

Dos De Oros
13029 Holmes Road Kansas City, MO
great breakfast on the weekend


Caller Question:
Where can a person get a good cherry phosphate in KC area?

Fox Drug in Raytown

Clinton's in Independence

Kansas City Museum soda fountain (currently closed for renovation)

4120 Pennsylvania Ave
Kansas City, MO

Caller Question:
Where to eat sushi in Lenexa?


8615 Hauser St
Lenexa, KS 66215

Special Topic: Pasta

Bella Napoli
6229 Brookside Boulevard
Kansas City, MO 64113
purchase their dried pasta to cook at home

6307 Brookside Plz
Kansas City, MO
fettucine with seafood and diablo sauce is fabulous

101 West 22nd Street
Kansas City, MO 64108

multiple locations

Mike & Charlie's Italian Restaurant
Harrah's Casino
great happy hour

Italian Delight
6522 Martway
Mission, Kansas
lasagna is wonderful
can now get a glass a wine there

1201 W. 103rd St
Kansas City, MO
accomodating to gluten-free people

Avenue's Bistro
338 West 63rd Street
Kansas City, MO 64113
"wonderfully obscene lobster ravioli"

multiple locations
great place for carry out pasta

206 West 46th Terrace
Kansas City, MO

715 Massachusetts
Lawrence, KS
Makes own pasta, fantastic

multiple locations
wide variety of noodle dishes
also has a gluten-free menu

Tasteful Olive
7945 Santa Fe Drive
Overland Park, KS
sells organic blend of great pastas

4536 Main Street
Kansas City, MO 64111

Central Standard Best Food KC